Excerpt: I bought this to replace my old Sony receiver that was seven years old. This new Pioneer truly blows way the Sony. The sound is clean and the controls are well laid out. I read through the manual and learned all the features, so that regally helped. I love the fact that I can set the levels and the distance on my 5.1 speaker system. The best feature is that the menu items are easy to find and use.
Summary: For basic surround sound connections, I just plugged in my Blue Ray Player and Satellite, output to TV, connected 5 speakers (don't have a powered SW yet) - sounds great. I was worried about the complicated instructions of how to set it up, need to connect the TV with a yellow video cable, etc - but so far, that hasn't been necessary. I noticed some complaints are about the remote - I use a Logitech Harmony remote which is indispensable these days whatever your set-up.
Summary: I purchased this for almost the sole intention of using it to power a set of pioneer speakers for music (mostly vinyl) listening. To that end it works very well, the sound quality is solid and it certainly gets loud enough to the point where I wouldn't be concerned about the power. However, needed a component cable for the set up is really puzzling and I do wish that it didn't have spring connectors in the back for the surrounds.
Does not work reliably with Apple TV, overwhelming and over-complicated
Dean Mellis, Amazon
21 May 2014
Summary: I bought this black box of pain a week ago and found it very difficult to set up. The guy who sold it to me at Best Buy didn't warn me about the extra HDMI cable I needed to buy but luckily I had an extra. The remote has 63 buttons that navigate through multiple sub menus that sometimes don't even display on the receiver screen. It will seem more complicated than even than the complexity of the remote would indicate.
Summary: The XBOX ONE only uses optical or HDMI, so I bought it to replace my old surround sound system for my son's gaming world. The optical didn't work, but routing the XBOX ONE through the system using HDMI was AWESOME!! You will need 2 HDMI cables, but you won't have to worry about the flimsy optical cable falling out from the gaming vibration. Had to buy a new woofer though... The Pioneer receiver only uses RCA woofer connectivity, versus 2 plan wires.